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Definition of "suffrage" []

  • The right or privilege of voting; franchise. (noun)
  • The exercise of such a right. (noun)
  • A vote cast in deciding a disputed question or in electing a person to office. (noun)
  • A short intercessory prayer. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "suffrage" in a sentence
  • "This first clause, then, fixes the class of persons to whom belong this right of suffrage -- _Federal suffrage_ -- not State suffrage."
  • "I, however, stood boldly up for the great and just principle of universal suffrage, and moved, as an amendment to the motion made by Mr. Cobbett, that instead of _householder suffrage_, universal suffrage should be substituted."
  • "Coincidentally, the term suffrage is synonymous with voting, and the term sufferance means to give passive consent."